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December 24, 2013

Kalashnikov's invention: A blessing or a curse?

Netizens weigh in on the global impact of the assault rifle that has killed more people than any other firearm.

Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian inventor of the fabled AK-47 assault rifle, holding an AK-103 while he poses for a picture after a press conference in Moscow on April 15, 2006.  (AFP/MAXIM MARMUR)

The passing of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Russian designer of the world's most popular assault rifle, left many on social media divided on how his death should be commemorated. 

Kalashnikov invented the AK-47 in his 20s following World War II in a bid "to protect the motherland". Since then, the Avtomat Kalashnikova, has spread to an estimated circulation of more than 100 million worldwide and has killed more people than any other firearm in the world.